Gray Mountain faces tougher company today and has a double penalty so we will take him on with PAGAN STARPRINCESS ahead of No Panic. The last-named is interesting as he returns to this isle after a trip across the Irish Sea to Galway for two runs at the festival. He ran two fair races and must be respected back in easier company; rated 132 he is the one to beat on official ratings however he may struggle to give 12lbs to the 126-rated Pagan Starprincess. George Moore's filly was in the process of running a fine race behind Binocular at Aintree in April when she fell at the last, and then ran a fair race at Ayr behind La Vecchia Scuola. She handles this ground well and looks to have a good season ahead of her. Political Paddy has shown ability but would probably prefer rain and a slightly stiffer test, so a bigger danger could be Gray Mountain who has done well for the yard since coming across from America. King Barry is hit-and-miss, whilst Ferdy Murphy has a strong hand with Pistol Basc and Rich Lord, of which the former is making his British debut. A decent Intermediate Hurdle, where Pagan Starprincess can shine.
Gray Mountain (USA) 7-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders 3 out, ridden and led approaching last, driven out, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Recovery Man (11-5) by 3l, 11 ran.
King Barry (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, lost place from 13th, 8th of 11, well behind Mighty Fine (11-9) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jul '07.
No Panic (IRE) 9-2fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent jumping, 8th after halfway, 7th and no extra last, 7th of 18, 20l behind P'tit Fute (10-7) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl gs in Aug.
Pistol Basc (FR) (10-12) 2nd of 12, nk behind Star De Marans (10-8) at Enghien 2m 1f 3yo chs gs in Nov.
Rich Lord 7-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 5th, in touch when stumbled and fell 3 out in race won by Schelm (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Castleroche (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Behind, ridden 4 out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 32l behind Andrew Nick (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Hickory Lane 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, beaten when hit next, 8th of 14, 44l behind Classic Moon (11-0) at Perth 2m nh mdn hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Masters House (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Always behind, 12th of 14, well behind Noble Alan (11-5) at Perth 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Sept.
Political Paddy 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on approaching last, ran on well flat, 4th of 12, 20l behind Andrew Nick (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Pagan Starprincess 9-1 (11-8) Towards rear, chased leaders approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, 5th of 9, 9l behind La Vecchia Scuola (11-12) at Ayr 2m mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Buzz Sauvage (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Prominent to halfway, soon behind, 11th of 13, 42l behind Sharevar (11-3) at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gf in Jun.